The Indian Supreme Court ruled today that an ancient law banning gay sex was struck down improperly, reinstating the law and essentially making homosexuality illegal.
In 2009, a lower court decided that a law passed by the British in 1861 which banned “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with man, woman or animal” was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court today overturned that decision. Under this law, homosexuality is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and only Parliament can change it.
There is almost no chance that Parliament will act where the Supreme Court did not, advocates and opponents of the law agreed. And with the Bharatiya Janata Party, a conservative Hindu nationalist group, appearing in ascendancy before national elections in the spring, the prospect of any legislative change in the next few years is highly unlikely, analysts said. …
S. Q. R. Ilyas, a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, which had filed a petition in the case asking that the lower court decision be reversed, praised Wednesday’s ruling.
“These relationships are unethical as well as unnatural,” Dr. Ilyas said. “They create problems in society, both moral and social. This is a sin as far as Islam is concerned.”
We should be mad as hell right now, you guys — and a little bit terrified. This is a law from 1861. That’s how far we’re regressing.
South Park Season Finale - “The Hobbit”
Holy shit you guys. I highly recommend dropping everything and watching tonight’s South Park episode. It was…heartbreaking. Yet, so nice to see a show by two white men argue for feminism, and show how calling feminists “haters” or “jealous” works to systematically put them back in line and to conform with the patriarchy (watch the full episode on the South Park website).
From the A.V. Club’s review of the episode (emphasis mine):
Again, all of this is fine and good if obvious…until Wendy succumbs to the pressure. Then, all bets are off. The fact that South Park doesn’t take its foot off the neck of this episode and return the world back to normal gives the entire endeavor more power. There’s no catharsis for the audience, which in turn potentially speaks to the anger with which Parker and Stone treat this topic. That relentlessness makes us more closely analyze the topic at hand. We don’t get Van Halen concerts or reality television show reveals to deflate the tension and send us merrily along our ways. Wendy was the last one in town who could still see the world clearly with her own two eyes. Yet in mass e-mailing her modified self, she chooses to close her eyes and accept the illusion. All this at the moment the show goes off the air for the next year. That’s a ballsy way to go on hiatus.
As someone who watches South Park religiously, I’ve always felt worried about how Matt & Trey think about women, what with episodes like “Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset” and “Britney’s New Look” which are more vague in their themes & points. But this episode targets how shitty we treat women, as opposed to targeting one specific woman.
Please watch it.
The difference is in other cosmopolitan cities, the lower part of society keep to themselves. They sell small trinkets, beg coyly, stay quiet, and generally stay out of your way. They realize it’s a privilege to be in the civilized part of town and view themselves as guests. And that’s okay.
In downtown SF the degenerates gather like hyenas, spit, urinate, taunt you, sell drugs, get rowdy, they act like they own the center of the city.
What’s equally disgusting is his half assed-apology.
I handed out emergency blankets and hand warmers for the last two nights to the homeless in SF, and they were nothing but nice and appreciative. And fucking cold.
"Most of us have spent most of our lives coming out selectively. It’s safe here. It’s good here. You can say you have a wife here, but not there."
lol, the bottom picture is enough snow to shut all of London down.
“Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.” — Junot DíazEver since I saw this quote I’ve been thinking about my favorite fantasy franchises like Star Wars, and how they function in entirely white worlds while depending on racial tropes and stereotypes in order to build that world. For example, the Jedi Knights very clearly draw from Buddhist philosophies, and yet they are almost all played by white men.Another striking example though is the costuming of Padme, played by Natalie Portman, in the newer SW movies.For example:
This exquisite and elaborate regalia is based directly off off Mongolian royal attire, pictured below:
I mean they weren’t really trying to be subtle about it. They just assumed, as most white people do, that nobody watching Star Wars would care or know enough about Asian cultures to notice.
This exquisite hairstyle is also borrowed from a POC culture, specifically an NDN one.
The above image is titled simply “Hopi Girl” and was taken by a white male photographer named Edward S. Curtis who obviously didn’t care to differentiate his subjects with names. The Hopi nation is based in the Southwestern United States.
Ugh. I think about Ender’s Game sometimes and how ironic it is that it teaches acceptance and how once you understand why your enemies live the way they do, they are no longer your enemies, yet how homophobic Orson Scott Card is. How can he have written that yet still think the way he does? Same goes for race and science fiction. Buncha hypocritical white guys if you ask me.
OH. MY.GOSH!! THIS LITTLE BIRD ACTUALLY HAS A COAT ON.!!!!!!!!
SO FREAKING CUTE!!!
Is that a fucking kookaburra
that is a fucking kookaburra in a rain coat with a happy frog on it
kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
wearing the cutest effing coat you’ve ever seen
very merry king of the bush is he
swag, kookaburra swag
kookaburra sweet your life will be
Just a reminder: for those of you who live in urban areas where the weather is getting at or below freezing, and there is a homeless population sleeping out-of-doors in inclement weather, these work great to keep people warm in emergency weather situations and i recommend handing them out to those in need.
Each Sol or Space brand emergency blanket costs about $2 - $4 each and can be found at Army Navy Surplus and Sporting & Camping Goods stores. I would suggest giving 2-3 to each person as though they are re-usable, they aren’t meant to last long periods of time.
Since they are uber lightweight they can be carried around in your purse, messenger bag or backpack as you walk/bus/bike around the city.
Given it is also the holidays, if you can afford to, add a few hand and toe warmers - you can get a Grabber brand “Big Pack” (8 pairs) for around $10.
We’re all in this together.
Going into SF tonight, I might stop by a local shop and grab a few on my way.
isn’t that that one actor
MADISON, Wis. (AP)
I wanna work in a snuggle house.
My friend Lea: “I think it’s bogus that once again, men are expected to not be able to control themselves.”
This was recorded by the Portsmouth Sinfonia in an experiment where all the members of the orchestra would swap instruments with each other and attempt to play them to the best of their ability.
favorite things about this
- literally all the brass starts to get the hang of it and then the crescendos happen and everyone is like FUCK FUCK FUCK??? FUCK. JUST. BLOW RLY HARD.
- the strings are lazy but also the same. like u can tell a lot of the ppl w/ the stringed instruments may already basically know how to play stringed instruments. like there’s definitely a section at the beginning where you hear a good portion going “oh yeah this is like. a smaller/bigger version of what i do.”
- all you hear of any woodwinds is just “pffffttt??? pFFFTTTT???? PFFFFFTTTT I SAID PFFFFTTTT!!!!!” bc woodwinds are fucking HARD and you hear after like the first crescendo half of them just give up. they give up. they’re done. fuck this it tastes weird and my lips hurt.
- that trumpet. that person is fucking TRYING man they fucking GOT this. they may not have figured out notes but they figured out LOUD and they GOT this.
- someone’s about to break a timpani head
i feel like whoever’s on them bass notes are just like “yo fuck yall, all i have is one note and i am ROCKING this shit.”
I am crying laughing. Good lord this is wonderful.
Two weeks ago a man in France was arrested for raping his daughter. She’d gone to her school counselor and then the police, but they needed “hard evidence.” So, she videotaped her next assault. Her father was eventually arrested. His attorney explained, “There was a period when he was unemployed and in the middle of a divorce. He insists that these acts did not stretch back further than three or four months. His daughter says longer. But everyone should be very careful in what they say.” Because, really, even despite her seeking help, her testimony, her bravery in setting up a webcam to film her father raping her, you really can’t believe what the girl says, can you?
Everyone “knows” this. Even children.
Three years ago, in fly-on-the-wall fashion of parent drivers everywhere, I listened while a 14-year-old girl in the back seat of my car described how angry she was that her parents had stopped allowing her to walk home alone just because a girl in her neighborhood “claimed she was raped.” When I asked her if there was any reason to think the girl’s story was not true, she said, “Girls lie about rape all the time.” She didn’t know the person, she just assumed she was lying…
No one says, “You can’t trust women,” but distrust them we do. College students surveyed revealed that they think up to 50% of their female peers lie when they accuse someone of rape, despite wide-scale evidence and multi-country studies that show the incident of false rape reports to be in the 2%-8% range, pretty much the same as false claims for other crimes. As late as 2003, people jokingly (wink, wink) referred to Philadelphia’s sex crimes unit as “the lying bitch unit.” If an 11-year-old girl told an adult that her father took out a Craigslist ad to find someone to beat and rape her while he watched, as recently actually occurred, what do you think the response would be? Would she need to provide a videotape after the fact?
It goes way beyond sexual assault as well. That’s just the most likely and obvious demonstration of “women are born to lie” myths. Women’s credibility is questioned in the workplace, in courts, by law enforcement, in doctors’ offices, and in our political system. People don’t trust women to be bosses, or pilots, or employees. Pakistan’s controversial Hudood Ordinance still requires a female rape victim to procure four male witnesses to her rape or risk prosecution for adultery. In August, a survey of managers in the United States revealed that they overwhelmingly distrust women who request flextime. It’s notable, of course, that women are trusted to be mothers—the largest pool of undervalued, unpaid, economically crucial labor.
Cyber-psychologist Berni Goode talking about Flow on Charlie Brooker’s How Videogames Changed the World.
Flow is extremely important. So, so important.
It’s what keeps some people sane. It’s what drives the world’s most skilled and accomplished athletes, the most intense gamers, the hardcore hobbyists, even many of the most talented artists, musicians and actors - flow is what you get when unstoppable drive meets an unflinching will and unlimited dedication.
Flow is being utterly, truly “in the zone”. And it’s one of the most amazing feelings there is.
This is why finding a sport, or a hobby, or a martial art, or a handicraft, or a new video game, or any skill-based activity that uses focus and requires practice and repetition is so beneficial for things like depression and anxiety and overall mental/physical well-being.